Revenue Watch Institute working with Penplusbytes is sponsoring the Ghana Journalists Association (GJA) Award for best reporter in "Oil and Gas" category taking place on Friday September 9th, at the Banquet Hall, State House, Accra Ghana.
This award comes at a time Ghana is producing oil and gas in commercial quantities and the media is expected to play a watch dog role over the oil revenue. The award is expected to help showcase good reporting around extractive governance and help raise the benchmark for other journalists wanting to specialize in oil and gas reporting.
The "Oil and Gas" category will recognize the journalist/journalists who have demonstrably displayed reporting techniques and skills in the wake of Ghana's oil discovery and its related business growth possibilities. The recipient of this prestigious award will be presented with a lap-top computer, a special plaque and a certificate.
This awards forms part of Revenue Watch Institute (RWI) "Strengthening Media Oversight of the Extractive Sectors Pilot Program" which is being implemented in Ghana by Penplusbytes. The program hopes to holistically and intensively support participating journalists over the long term and ultimately stimulate effective and consistent coverage by the media of extractive resources and revenues, thereby contributing to their improved use for the public good in Africa.
Kwami Ahiabenu of Penplusbytes said "good governance of oil, gas and mining (extractive) resources and revenues requires effective oversight and a knowledgeable and active media is critical to having an informed and engaged public, civil society and parliament that can hold government to account and we are working to ensure journalists are equipped to play this role effectively "
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The Revenue Watch Institute is a non-profit policy institute and grantmaking organization that promotes the effective, transparent and accountable management of oil, gas and mineral resources for the public good. Through capacity building, technical assistance, research, funding and advocacy, we help countries realize the development benefits of their natural resource wealth.
International Institute for Information and Communication Technologies (ICTs) Journalism (PenPlusBytes) is a registered company limited by guarantee since 18th July 2001. PenPlusBytes seeks to empower the media through the use of ICTs to advance the work of journalism. It consists of a network of media organizations and journalists interested in using ICTs effectively to advance the course of journalism.
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